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Summer 2014/Seattle



NE567: 1 AND 2 CORINTHIANS (4 Units: 120 hours). Jim Davis.

DESCRIPTION: An in-depth study of the context and content of the two canonical letters of Paul to the church at Corinth. Appropriate interpretative methods will be introduced and employed enabling the student to understand the original meaning and continuing significance of the Paul’s words for theology, personal discipleship and ministry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will be able to: 1) Know the contents, outline, and message of 1 & 2 Corinthians; 2) Interpret the meaning of the text through reading and critical interaction using historical, literary, sociological, rhetorical and canonical critical methodology; 3) Read 1 & 2 Corinthians theologically and understand its theological thrusts; 4) See clearly 1 & 2 Corinthians as both human word and Holy Scripture; 5) Read 1 & 2 Corinthians as formative texts for Christian character and discipleship.

COURSE FORMAT: The class meets as a two week intensive, four days a week for 4 hours each evening, for a total of 32 classroom hours. Through lectures, large and small group discussions, video presentations, student work, outside reading and research, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the context and content of 1 and 2 Corinthians.


Furnish, Victor Paul. The Theology of the First Letter to the Corinthians. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 978-0521358071, Pub. Price $33.99 [188 pp.]

Keener, Craig S. 1-2 Corinthians. Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0521542432, Pub. Price $29.99 [312 pp.]

Pascuzzi, Maria. First and Second Corinthians. (New Collegeville Bible Commentary #7) Liturgical Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0814628669, Pub. Price $6.95 [152 pp.]

Witherington, Ben. A Week in the Life of Corinth. IVP Academic, 2012. ISBN: 978-0830839629, Pub. Price $16.00 [159 pp.]


Fee, Gordon. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. 2nd Edition.Eerdmans, 2014. ISBN: 978-0802871367, Pub. Price $65.00.

Fitzmeyer, Joseph P. First Corinthians. Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0300140446, Pub. Price $55.00.

Furnish, Victor Paul. II Corinthians. Doubleday & Co., 1984. ISBN: 978-0385111997.

Garland, David. 1 Corinthians. Baker, 2003. ISBN: 978-0801026300, Pub. Price $54.99.

Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. Eerdmans, 2013. ISBN: 978-0802871268, Pub. Price $72.00.


  1. Readings in 1 or 2 Corinthians and the textbooks will be assigned. Students will be required to keep and turn in a reading journal (30%).
  2. Students will be given written homework assignments to enable them to interact meaningfully with the readings and the scriptural text. Two of these assignments, one from 1 Corinthians and one from 2 Corinthians will be turned in for grading (30% each).
  3. One paper will be assigned (40%).


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MA program requirements for NT book study (NTBK).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.

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